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Agile + DevOps East 2021 - Agile Team Member

Tuesday, November 16

Jeff Payne
Coveros
TD

Agile Project Failures: Root Causes and Corrective Actions

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Agile initiatives always begin with high expectations—accelerate delivery, meet customer needs, and improve software quality. The truth is that many agile projects do not deliver on some or all of these expectations. If you want help to ensure the success of your agile project or to get an agile project back on track, this tutorial is for you. Jeffery Payne discusses the most common causes of agile project failure and how you can avoid these issues or mitigate their damaging effects. Poor project management, ineffective requirements development, failed communications, software development...

Wednesday, November 17

Alberto Silveira
LawnStarter
K1

Building and Managing High-Performance Teams

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 8:30am to 9:45am

The COVID-19 pandemic has possibly caused the most significant shift in work culture of our lifetime. It quickly furthered techniques such as working-from-home, digital transformation, diversity, and inclusion and made them become an immediate reality. The next few months and years contain a great deal of uncertainty about how people will work and interact in a global economy that is not yet free of the disease and its enormous impact. So how can companies, tech sector businesses, adapt to this new normal? Alberto Silveira is passionate about ready sharing his proven methodology, insights...

W2

Unlock the full potential your refinement sessions

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Good refinement makes development more predictable, leads to better solutions, and enables the Product Owner to set the right priorities. Still, many teams fail to unlock the full potential of refinement. Not only is the time spent on refinement often limited, but many of the refinement meetings I join are also inefficient. I meet teams that spent half the meeting watching the Product Owner entering the new backlog items in the workflow system. Although they poker the user stories afterwards, little time is left to discuss the best solution and risks that need to be avoided. I will focus...

Craeg-Strong
Ariel Partners
W3

Bringing DevOps to an Entrenched Legacy Environment with the Kanban Method

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Innovative Silicon Valley companies like Etsy leverage DevOps and Continuous Delivery practices to achieve new levels of automation and agility, shrinking development lead times and deploying to production many times each day. However, many companies struggle to implement these practices for the legacy systems that run their core business. To make matters worse, the agile community offers relatively little practical guidance for implementing DevOps practices in legacy environments. Fortunately, the Kanban Method provides a practical way to gradually evolve these core systems towards...

Sejal Amin
Khoros
W7

Product Development Culture: Focus on Learning

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Do you want to learn how to build an engaging product development culture that values learning? Are you finding it hard to keep up with learner's expectations which are now expected to be fun, relevant, and experiential? Today's rapidly changing technology landscape demands organizations are in a sustainable learning mode which is requires a more progressive approach to building an inspect and adapt culture. In this presentation, Sejal will discuss how to pivot to an organization that enables collaboration, innovation, and a learning culture in distributed yet interconnected team...

Split Software
W12

Effectively Managing Feature Flags

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 - 11:45am to 12:45pm

Our repo has around 300K lines of code and more active feature flags at any given moment than we have fingers and toes. As we have moved into a world of continuous deployment with controlled releases, the use of feature flags has become an essential way of writing software. Yet, when we started out, we ended up with code that was hard to read, hard to reason about, and hard to manage. After exploring several strategies, we have found a pattern that aligns feature flags with larger code units (classes, components, reducers, actions) rather than at individual lines of code. This alleviates...

Thursday, November 18

Arlen Bankston
Adaptagility LLC
K4

Agile Rebels

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 8:30am to 9:30am

Agile frameworks such as Scrum and SAFe have gained a massive foothold, but they’re not the only games in town. Some adventurous practitioners have created their own methods to address what they feel are fundamental flaws in existing constructs. Agility is all about adaptation; how did these methodologists sidestep mainstream approaches to find creative solutions to their respective challenges? Explore how the venerable Ivar Jacobsen’s Essence framework aims to break free of all methods. See how BaseCamp’s Ryan Singer formulated ShapeUp to soothe Basecamp’s growing pains. Ron Quartel’s...

Hope Lynch
CloudBees
T1

A Team Retrospective on Value Stream Management

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

In this session, Hope will be walking through a Value Stream Management retrospective about a team and an organization I worked with a few years ago. This team’s work had an outsize impact on the larger organization due to issues with value streams. Now, Value Streams can seem like a huge topic but they can be very straightforward. I hope today is an opportunity to reframe the concept of a value stream in a more approachable way and provide some insight on how you may be able to take action to improve yours if you find yourself in similar circumstances.

Metro.Digital
T2

Boosting Feedback Culture and Transparency

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Understanding team performance has almost always been difficult. There may be a heap of metrics that you could look at, but which of those are the driving ones for the team improvement and product outcome? This presentation will explain which metrics can be vital for Agile teams, how an automated combined system can be created for these metrics, and how organization can use these meaningful data to boost feedback culture and transparency. Join this talk to learn how to enable the teams continuous improvement, self-organization and transparency with relevant metrics, and automated combined...

T3

The Steam Drill Initiative: Enterprise modernization through Lean, Agile, and DevOps

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Transforming heritage enterprises can be challenging and not for the squeamish. Lean, Agile, DevOps methodologies are instrumental in the successful execution of a business transformation. A holistic strategy with clear initiatives that harness the power of these transformation drivers is critical for success. Also, connecting an organization's strategic imperatives to business outcomes increases the probability of sustaining a business transformation. In this session, Gautham tells the story of the SteamDrill Initiative - a strategic framework for enterprise transformations that focuses...

Neeta Sonnakul
Council for Affordable Quality HealthCar
T5

Building a Distributed Automation Team from Scratch

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

I have worked on QA teams with as few as three testers and as large as 20. Four years ago, I elected to start at CAQH (health care company) and was the only QA Automation staff member, was brought on board with a mandate to “convert the manual testing shop to Automation”. I found the organization had taken delivery on several poor-quality software releases of our flagship product from our development partner, and the ongoing application development and testing was in disarray. As employee #2 on the newly formed Technical/QA Team, this is the story of how we built Automation presence, built...

Magenic//Cognizant Softvision
T6

CI/CD with Github Actions

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 10:00am to 11:00am

As more organizations move towards continuous integration and continuous delivery with DevOps pipelines. Github Actions enables you to create Continues Integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) pipelines directly in your Github repository. These workflows are made out of different tasks so-called actions that can be run automatically on certain events. Through this talk I will walk through CI/CD concepts, GitHub Actions Workflows, Build Artifacts, Packages Management, and Deployment Triggers.

Sitecore
T7

Stepping Up - Becoming a Leader in Your Team

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

One of the most difficult transitions to make is from being a member of the team to owning your former teammates' performance reviews. It is awkward. It is stressful. And you can do it! How do you maintain a trusted relationship with your teammates? How do you employ empathy to help yourself understand your team? How do you gain authority and decision-making where previously you had none? How do you make decisions that impact the lives of your team in very significant ways? How do you balance your corporate strategic responsibilities with your desire to advocate for your own team member's...

IncrementOne
T8

How to Create a Product Office

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Whether you’re researching market opportunities, brainstorming new product ideas, developing products customers love, or managing product roll-outs – organizations face many challenges in product delivery. In this session Michelina explores the Product Office and how it helps organizational alignment across teams, oversees service delivery, and provides visibility into development.

T9

Mainstreaming the Mainframe - Taking the Agile and DevOps Journey

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

How to go from Waterfall development with annual releases to Agile Scrum with more frequent releases on the mainframe. Starting with why waterfall isn't working, and the problems that can cause for the entire organization. I give practical advice on how to break through the resistance to Agile and move at a much faster pace while improving quality. I will lay out 10 steps to mainframe agility. Examples are drawn from personal experience and working with several mainframe organizations. Attendees will leave with the knowledge that it can be done and have a roadmap for how to implement it in...

Stuart Clark
Cisco Systems
T12

Instant and Automatic Network Configuration: As Easy as A-B-CI/CD

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

The network used to rely on manual configurations, siloed and separated groups, and slow provisioning processes. Thanks to technology advancements, companies can now deploy code hundreds of thousands of times per day, quickly and accurately updating their network configurations and security policies. They can even instantly provision private circuits and SD-WAN from the branch/edge to cloud - and everything in between. NetDevOps automated continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) allows the testing and validation to take place. SD-WAN is NetDevOps, agility, speed and...

Vivian Xu
BMO
T13

What Makes Great Distributed Agile Teams Tick

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The digital revolution is here. The last year has seen remote work across teams take a leap forward. Management has gained the confidence that teams of people they cannot see, walk up to and check up on can actually get things done. Rather than policing workers, we are trusting them to get stuff done. Companies are even committing to distributed working in the future, shedding central office space and promising permanent distributed workforces. However, working on distributed teams is challenging. Sure, the technology is getting better all the time. And getting sufficient bandwidth and...

T14

Agile Transformation : Managing the Devout and the Doubters

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

You are leading an Agile transformation. There will be some people who resist, who doubt, and you’ll need to care for them. There will also be some people who are very supportive—perhaps too supportive. They will need some attention too, or they can actually damage efforts to mature your organization’s transformation. As part of the leadership team in an organizational transformation effort, you are a pragmatic prophet. There are truths and principles to get across to your people, but also, there is reality and pragmatic considerations to manage. While the principles should hold fast, the...

Lee Barnes
Utopia Solutions
T16

Continuous Performance Testing in DevOps

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Performance testing isn’t the first thing organizations think about when moving to DevOps – in fact, it’s often ignored as traditional approaches don’t jive well with the fast and nimble world of DevOps. However, performance is still a critical part of the user experience, and poor performance and outages will quickly negate the value of the features you’re delivering. Lee believes that organizations don’t have to gamble with application performance. He will discuss techniques for implementing continuous performance testing in your pipeline, so you don’t have to roll the dice on your user...

Amanda-Palovcsik
CUNA Mutual Group
T19

Taking Great Measures – Quit Measuring and Start Influencing

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Using metrics in Agile has been an elusive endeavor, and how to use those metrics for good, not evil. Too often we see metrics used to compare agile teams, and question the wrong things. Too often we solution before we understand what the true need is. We took a different approach of not just using the standard agile metrics to help teams with efficiency, but working more closely with our leaders on data needed to help drive decisions around staffing, work prioritization, and value delivered. Through interviews and a focus on educating different levels of business and IT leaders, we were...

Abraham Marin-Perez
Equal Experts
T20

Measuring Long-Term Productivity: The Developer’s Legacy Index

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

Measuring a programmer’s productivity is a problem as old as the software industry itself. Number of worked hours? More productive people should need fewer hours, not more. Number of completed tasks? Not all tasks are equally hard. Number of introduced bugs? Bugs are not necessarily the programmer’s fault, and besides, what constitutes a bug anyway? The closest we’ve ever got to measure a developer’s productivity is lines of code, and this has proven to be a poor metric because not all lines of code are equally valuable. However, if we could measure not just how much a developer writes but...

Sean-Mack
Wiley
T21

Transformation at Wiley (DevOps, and Agile, and ITSM Oh My!)

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 4:15pm

Wiley is a company that is transforming at every level. Our industries, from research to education, are going through unprecedented change. As a company, we are going through a massive transformation in Agile, DevOps, and ITSM to meet the changing demands of our markets. Learn how Wiley is managing multiple simultaneous transformations while continuing to deliver for researchers and educators around the world.

Debbie-Levitt
Delta CX
T23

Improving Agility by Using Customers’ Definitions of “Quality” and “Done”

Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 4:15pm to 5:15pm

“Quality”… velocity, productivity, and efficiency? Improved performance? Few or no bugs? Meets stakeholder requirements? “Done”… we did what we planned? Fits business objectives? Coded, tested, documented, and deployable? Remember our customers? The people paying our salaries? Their satisfaction is supposed to be our *highest* priority. But we fall in love with assumptions about users. We burn weeks coding, testing, merging, and releasing product guesses. We move to the next project, interrupted later when we learn that customers aren’t finding much value or quality in that last release....